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DR Congo to discuss withdrawal of UN peacekeepers

According to government spokesperson Patrick Muyaya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will discuss the departure of peacekeepers with the UN mission there, Monusco, in order to “meet the desire of the people.”

Following a meeting with the leaders of the two chambers of parliament, the prime minister, and representatives from the eastern North Kivu region, President Félix Tshisekedi made the statement.

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On July 25, deadly demonstrations demanding Monusco’s ejection broke out in Goma, the city of North Kivu.

Activists charge that the UN mission has failed to put an end to a protracted uprising in the east.

Four UN peacekeepers were among the 36 fatalities reported on Monday by Mr. Muyaya as a result of the protests.

In light of the aforementioned, he stated, “the government was asked to swiftly arrange a conference with Monusco to reevaluate the strategy for its withdrawal agreed upon under Security Council Resolution 2556.”

On Monday, new protests in Beni, North Kivu, that hampered the area’s activities were put down by security personnel.

As police dispersed anti-UN protests in the northern Tshopo province, a number of individuals were hurt.

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